Gianofer Fields

Material Culturalist

Gianofer Fields is a freelance producer and reporter for NPR, BBC and Madison's WORT Community Radio. She says, “Once you seriously consider the objects you use to fill your emotional and functional needs, you will never see those things the same way ever again. From delightfully intriguing to dangerously obsessive, objects affect our daily lives. They creep into our subconscious. They say volumes about who we are or wish to be, without uttering a single word.”

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If you've been looking for a way to live a more sustainable lifestyle, a great place to start is giving up your well-manicured lawn for something less taxing on your time and the environment.

No place is better manicured and meticulously planned like the Allen Centennial Gardens located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Other than being a beautiful place to visit, the gardens serve as a teaching tool for UW students, the public, and green industry across the state.

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Radio Chipstone series been exploring the connection we humans have with objects. But we really haven't considered our close relatives. The Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison is home to a population of Lemurs who seem to connect to objects in a way that's a bit familiar. The Lemurs were born in captivity and have never experienced living in their natural habitats.

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The Hops Museum in Madison just held its grand opening in May with its first exhibit on the Hess Family Cooperage and its contribution to Beer Making in Madison.

The exhibit is based on a book entitled Roll out the Barrels, written by Gary Hess, the grandson of the company’s founding father. The exhibition currently consists of photographs, acting as a storyboard for the interactive exhibit yet to come.

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Michael Gay is the Senior Vice President of Economic Development for MadRep, the Madison Region Economic Partnership. He is one of the people responsible for bringing new businesses to the city and the surrounding areas.

"What we do, we do well.... [Madison] is a small city...but it has all the attributes of a big city," say Gay.

In this installment of Radio Chipstone, contributor Gianofer Fields finds what makes the city of Madison so unique:

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Deb Raettig is the Executive Director of Madison's Community Support Network. Her agency helps their clients to do what many of us take for granted; like surfing the web. They also learn life and employment skills, and participate in group art activities.

In this installment of Radio Chipstone, contributor Gianofer Fields takes us to a place where sometimes a picture is worth so much more than a thousand words:

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Richard Jones says that the art of blowing glass has changed some in the last 2000 years. But while there is new technology, like furnaces that heat to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, creating a mouth-blown glass object still begins by retrieving the molten glass at the end of a metal rod. It’s a process called gathering.

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We've all had those days when we misplace our keys, lose our glasses or can't remember our passwords. However, there are those for whom these minor memory slips don't get better.

When Jenny Marquess’ father started showing signs of memory loss, she promised him that she would keep him in his home for as long as she could keep him safe. Nine years ago she moved in with him and watched him slowly lose his sense of place and time. 

For many years, Joel Huntley was living the dream. Huntley is a Master Potter and produced works in his ceramics studio in Columbus, Wisconsin. However, when the market turned...Huntley was forced to face reality and close his shop for good. In this edition of It's a Material World, contributor Gianofer Fields met Huntley in the Midwest Ceramics Studio in Madison Wisconsin where he was reintroduced to some old friends:

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Some hardy souls bicycle in all weather, including the winter’s most frigid. The rest of us are just now getting our bicycles out of storage now that the weather is starting to warm up. And by high summer, there will be legions of riders on the paths and roads – commuting, riding for enjoyment, or even competing.

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In the past, Lake Effect's "It's a Material World" segment has looked at what happens to beloved objects when their owners passed away.

However, contributor Gianofer Fields is flipping that question on its head to find out what happens to a collector when her collection of objects has disappeared?

Fields' good friend and fellow Wisconsinite Jen Jeneric says she isn't much of a collector and the state of her precious collection of playing cards proves that point. 

"Probably about 20 years ago I went to Niagra Falls and I bought a set of playing cards there that was round and had pictures from Niagra Falls, and I loved those playing cards. And I started noticing other playing cards when I went out places, so I started collecting playing cards. I have probably twenty decks of playing cards, but I have no idea where they are," says Jeneric.

Jeneric says that doesn't mean she doesn't miss the pieces she hand-selected, but she also doesn't feel any anxiety over her lost collection.

"I don't feel like I need to know where they are. Knowing that I have them and that one day I'll see them again is really all I need."

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